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What is UBCO Life?
UBCO Life is a newsletter delivered twice per month to continuing undergraduate students, featuring academic and social events, upcoming deadlines, university news, and other issues relevant to student life and success at UBC Okanagan.

Oct. 6, 2021

In this issue:

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Upcoming dates and deadlines

  • Oct. 7 – Last day for payment of fees for any fee assessments incurred between Sept. 1 and 30
  • Oct. 11 – Thanksgiving Day. University closed.
  • Oct. 15 – Dirty Dash
  • Oct. 15 – COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on campus

More important dates and deadlines


Oct. 15 - COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on campus

In partnership with UBC Okanagan, Interior Health is offering another free, drop-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic on campus Friday, Oct. 15 from 8 am to 4 pm in the ADM foyer.

UBC strongly encourages all students and other members of our community to protect themselves and everyone around them by getting vaccinated. Everyone 12 years and older is eligible to get one or both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in BC free of charge, so long as you have not already been fully vaccinated with a World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccine.

International students are still eligible to receive a vaccine, even if they are not enrolled in the Medical Services Plan and do not have a BC Personal Health Number. For more information about COVID-19 vaccines and international students, refer to our international student FAQ page.

Learn more


Oct. 15 - Dirty Dash

Get a team together and join Residence Life and UBCO Recreation for a fun and muddy obstacle course race! Each team will receive four $5 food truck vouchers at race check-in on the day of the event. There will also be prizes for best dressed, most-spirited, and most efficient team! 

Register or find out more


Oct. 22 - Open Education and Indigenous Knowledges Symposium

Open Education can improve access to learning materials by removing barriers, but how does Open Education intersect with Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing? Learn about these intricacies at the virtual Open Education and Indigenous Knowledges Symposium on Oct. 22, from 10 am to 1 pm.

Learn more and register


Oct. 28 - Distinguished Speaker Series returns

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to bring Marion Buller, Former Chief Commissioner of Canada’s National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, to the homes of Okanagan residents later this month.

Throughout her career, Ms. Buller has been a leading force in Indigenous rights advocacy. A member of the Mistawasis First Nation, she was the first Indigenous woman to be appointed to the Provincial Court of British Columbia.  Join her on Oct. 28 for a thought-provoking look at the importance of partnerships, relationships, and building trust.

Register and learn more


UBCycles Trail Riding Series

Ride the best mountain biking trails with UBCycles and meet a rad group of bikers! Make some new friends and have a blast discovering the trails at Gillard, Smith Creek, and Knox Mountain Park. The cost is $15 for the remaining three sessions.

Rides occur on Saturdays from 4 to 6 pm.

Register or learn more


Other recreation events this October

Now until October 10
GoByBike Week

October 27
Lunch & Lift Wellbeing Workshop

Group Fitness Classes

More on-campus events & programs


Want to study in France, Australia, Germany or one of 78 other countries? Find out more with Go Global!

Are you interested in finding out more about how to incorporate an exchange or international learning experience into your degree? Go Global is hosting Q&A sessions throughout the month of October to answer your questions!

Sign up for a Q&A session


New Indigenous Strategic Initiatives Fund is now open!

Up to $4 million is available for students, faculty, and staff projects across both UBCV and UBCO campuses. Students may submit funding requests for projects that support the Indigenous Strategic Initiatives. Find out more on the new ISP website.

Learn more


Student Learning Hub: Study With Me sessions

Interested in building dedicated study time into your schedule, while also connecting with your peers? Then come study with us! The Student Learning Hub and your Peer Mentors are offering weekly, student-led group study sessions.

What will a “Study With Me” session be like? You will:

  • Register for an in-person or online session
  • Bring your homework, assignment, or other study tasks to work on
  • Connect with peers and set your study goals for the session
  • Participate in guided, uninterrupted study time (using the Pomodoro technique) followed by a break
  • Revisit your goals at the end, ask questions, or just stay and chat!

Study With Me sessions are available now and will continue until Dec. 10. To view the full Study With Me schedule and register for sessions, visit the Student Learning Hub site on QReserve and log in with your CWL.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact

Get started


Writing the CGSM Application: Information and resources

Thinking about graduate school? Looking for scholarship opportunities? Did you know that fourth-year undergraduate students are eligible to apply for a $17,500 Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s Program (CGSM) if they intend to start their graduate degree the following year (Sept. 2022, Jan. 2023, or May 2023)?

The College of Graduate Studies and the Centre for Scholarly Communication have resources available to students interested in applying for the CGSM. Access the Canvas module to learn more about the application process and attend the online Q&A sessions to ask your questions about writing and submitting the application.

Q&A Sessions: Writing the CGSM Application

  • Oct. 28, 11 am to 12 pm

  • Nov. 16, 1 pm to 2 pm

Register now


The Student Assistance Program: A 24/7 wellness resource for students

The UBC Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a free, 24/7 wellness resource for students. Services include personal counselling, life coaching, group programs and more, based on your needs. Access is available through phone, video, or face to face, and is offered in multiple languages.

Learn more


Research participants needed: UniVenture - A personality-based wellness program

The UniVenture study is a wellness-based program that has been designed for first- and second-year university students. The study is currently seeking students to answer questions about personality traits. Participants may be offered the opportunity to attend workshops to develop wellness skills, set long-term goals, and set strategies to achieve their goals.

In appreciation of their time, each participant will receive a $15 Amazon gift card or 1 SONA credit. If you participate in stage 2 of the study, you will have the opportunity to earn an additional $30 Amazon gift card. Students who complete both stages will also be entered into a draw to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

If this program is of interest to you, please email To participate right away, follow the link below.

Take the survey


Students needed to train other students in the suicide awareness program (QPR)

Question-Persuade-Refer (or QPR) is a program offered to students, staff, and faculty to help identify people who may be thinking about suicide. UBCO is seeking students to help co-deliver this program with an experienced staff person to other students, staff, and faculty on the campus.

If you are interested in this opportunity or would like further information, please contact Roger Wilson at or Tracey Sutton at


Love and learning: Nurturing relationships with self and others

Perplexed by the complexity of relating? Wish you knew more about boundaries or communication? Noticing a pattern in your relationships that you would like to change? We are inviting students of all genders to our online group to build skills and awareness for empowered participation in relationships.

We will gather virtually each week over the course of nine weeks to explore topics including the influence of trauma and culture on relating, communication skills, boundaries, self-compassion and attachment. Learning, skill building, and reflection will be combined with somatic practices to support us in feeling safer in our bodies.

Join us online every Tuesday from 2 pm to 4 pm, starting October 19 until December 14.

To register, please contact


Logging in to campus computers: Don't forget to add .stu to CWL username

UBCO IT is working to reduce the number of accounts students require to access campus services.

UBCO students no longer need to use a Novell username and password to access computers in the library or instructional computer labs. Instead, students can use their Campus Wide Login (CWL) based authentication.

Students can login on library, lab computers, as well as web-print console using their CWL credentials with a .stu appended to student login (e.g., CWL.stu).



New certificate: Communications and Rhetoric

Students in any program at UBC Okanagan can now register for a certificate in Communications and Rhetoric. The Certificate in Communications and Rhetoric is distinct in addressing an identified need for a more diverse, inclusive, and laddered approach to developing students’ skills in communication and rhetoric, including oral, written, performative, digital, and creative communications. Communications and Rhetoric helps students to develop advanced level communication and research skills in specific discipline areas: humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

To receive a COHR certificate, students must complete 15 credits through courses from four thematic interdisciplinary and relational clusters, and a final capstone project.

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